Washington Report

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EPA Pushes Back Deadline for Lead Paint Proposed Rulemaking

Under a settlement agreement between the EPA and various public interest groups, the EPA is required to develop regulations that establish lead safe work practices for renovation, repair and painting (RRP) activities for commercial and public buildings. 

Under the original agreement, a proposed RRP rule for the exterior of commercial and public buildings was due on Dec. 15, 2011.  This date has been pushed back twice so far, most recently to Sept. 15, 2012.  A final rule is due on July 15, 2013, although the delays in issuing the proposed rule will no doubt delay promulgation of the final rule. 

NAR will comment on the proposed rule whenever it is issued and express our concerns regarding the lack of data related to lead paint hazards that commercial buildings pose to children during RRP activities.